WOW! It’s our SIXTH annual metals retreat!
2019 marks our SIXTH metals retreat in the Texas Hill Country and we are excited to be welcoming award-winning artist and instructor Julie Sanford for a four day jewelry-making intensive. You won’t want to miss out on this all-inclusive, uniquely Texas experience!
This year, we’re shaking things up in more ways than one! Julie will help us flex our metalsmithing muscles with a unique collaborative project that will encourage us to look at design differently, mixing up the elements we incorporate and asking us to isolate and focus on specific steps in the process. Plus, thanks to Jessica and David Cote at Rosy on the Rocks, we’ll be incorporating some of their stunning rose-cut gemstones into our finished pieces!
We’ll use the skills from that project as the springboard into a more complex creation, featuring unique stones and setting options. Both projects will make use of dimensional elements created using found objects “cast” in metal clay, as Julie teaches us how to make and use molds in lieu of casting organic elements. We know: it’s tempting to write off metal clay as a resource for “real” metalsmiths, but we promise you’ll be inspired by the unique potential of the medium when we use it as stand-in for more complex casting processes. Plus, we’ll be torch firing our metal clay components instead of using a kiln, so it’s instant gratification – and we’ll even use fine gold to embellish our work, using a simple and easy-to-use product that packs a lot of punch.
“Having this metal clay option in the studio can be a lifesaver when you can’t fabricate yourself out of a challenging design situation. With this technique you can get what you need at the right time.” – Julie Sanford
Setting free-form stones in organic settings involves thinking outside the box. Julie will show us how to “roll down” wire to a specific shape or gauge, as well as how to think through and plan for fabrication challenges inherent in setting odd-shaped stones. Plus, she’ll show us options for fabricating chain components that can be used alone or combined with commercial chain to create the perfect complement to your finished statement piece.
The bottom line: this week will be jam-packed with new techniques and methods you’ll use over and over again in your own studio.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
For this year’s retreat, we’ve created a truly special all-inclusive Texas experience centered around our own beautiful studio in the Old Village of Bulverde. Stay at one of the quaint and rustic cottages and homesteads we’ve reserved for you at Tejas Rodeo and Cibolo Creek Ranch, both just a few minutes drive from The Makery. We’re providing hearty breakfasts each morning before you make your way to the studio, as well as lunches served family style in the Village. We’ll also share spectacular dinner experiences together, including a private welcome dinner and reception, a Riverwalk dinner cruise catered by Paesano’s Italian Restaurant, and a Tejas Rodeo steakhouse dinner followed by VIP seating at their weekly rodeo event. (If you’re up for it, there will even be live music and dancing in their outdoor pavilion!). And we’ll close out our retreat with a mimosa brunch on Sunday, where we’ll share our creations and a few laughs before heading home to our own studios.
So this year, your retreat fee includes absolutely everything for an amazing week of creative immersion and forging new friendships: all materials, all equipment, all tools, and your lodging and meals. You just need to pack your bags and come ready to play!
PLEASE NOTE: If you have special dietary requests, please include a note with your registration so we can work with our food and beverage partners to accommodate you! And if you’re traveling with a friend, let us know so we can keep you together (or at least nearby)!
These are intermediate projects – as long as you are able to solder independently and use a jeweler’s saw, everything else is part of the instruction. No prior metal clay experience is required!
Pay in full up front, or make a non-refundable $650 deposit and pay the balance in one or two payments before February 10, 2019.
(Important: Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before registering!)
Dates: Tuesday evening, March 5
Sunday morning, March 10, 2019
Materials fee: $225
(includes all tools, equipment, materials and supplies!)
(taxable and payable at the retreat)
(includes all meals, lodging, special events and more!)
Private room/private bath – $2125 (only one left!)
Private room/shared bath – $1975
Shared room/shared bath – $1875 (only one left!)
(PLEASE NOTE: We have a limited number of each kind of room/bath arrangements available, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!)
ABOUT JULIE SANFORD
Julie Sanford is an award-winning metalsmith who has been creating quality bench made jewelry for over twenty five years. She enjoys combining organic elements and textures with contrasting contemporary details creating one of a kind pieces that are fabricated, soldered, fused, formed, hammered and reticulated with various metals, final finishes and extraordinary gemstones. Her work is featured in galleries, books, magazines and museum stores. With 15 years in fine jewelry retail and a background in art education, Julie now spends her time as a full time jewelry artist, leading workshops nationally and teaching classes at Studio JSD.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Western Michigan University, studies at The Kalamazoo institute of Arts, Oxbow Summer Program of the Chicago Institute of Arts, Kendall College of Art and Design and The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.
Julie’s teaching experience includes teaching visual art in the classroom with an emphasis on curriculum integration, art history, ceramics and jewelry. Julie also has extensive experience leading jewelry related classes and workshops at national trade shows and conferences, technical schools, universities, private studios and galleries.
Along with a successful jewelry design business Julie is also the director of Studio JSD and serves as Vice President of The Michigan Silversmiths Guild. You can find more information about her work and studio on her website.